Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) through a press release said that it is going to install solar panels a top its waterworks and tubewells operating in different areas of the capital city. The 4.5 megawatt of electricity will be used in operating tubewells and other waterworks of the CDA. The Rs 80 million project would produce electricity for the next twenty five years and it will meet its total cost within four years the CDA said. The PC-1 of the project has been prepared and would be sent for approval soon.
As per details shared by the CDA officials a solar system of 2 MW will be installed at the sewerage plant in I-9. One MW System will be installed at the waterworks at Pona Faqiran and one near the Sports Complex. A half Mega Watt solar panel will be installed in Rose and Jasmie Garden. The CDA official told that a total of 10 MW of electricity is required to meet the requirements of water projects and in Phase-II of the project, the CDA will install 5.5 MW of solar panels in the capital. After the completion of Phase-ii the the CDA would be able to add the electricity to the national grid.
It is relevant to mention here that over the past few years the civic agency has taken a number of steps to overcome the water related issues faced by the residents of Islamabad. There has been a comprehensive drive to repair the old supply lines and replaced them with new ones. Recently a project was started to install 100 filtration plants in the city. The CDA is launching another project worth Rs 50 million to replace old water pumping motors. It is also relevant to note that the civic agency is currently facing a water shortage in summer as there has been no new project launched over the past many years. CDA is currently receiving 70 million gallons per day from its three resources namely, Tubewells, Simly Dam and Khanpur Dam which is nt sufficient, especially in summer. The proposed Ghazi Barotha water supply project if executed would provide 100 mgd water to both Rawalpindi and Islamabad to overcome water related issues.